NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 7, 2021

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 7, 2021

The latest on the Canadiens and Lightning, top prospect Owen Power still leaning toward returning to university, the Kraken announces the hiring of two assistant coaches, the latest contract signings and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Expect the Canadiens to ice the same lineup in Game 5 as they did in their previous contest. That means Jake Evans will replace Jesperi Kotkaniemi again on the third line while Alexander Romanov and Brett Kulak will replace Erik Gustafsson and Jon Merrill on the third defense pairing.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexander Romanov (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering those changes contributed to their 3-2 victory in Game 4. Romanov scored an even-strength goal with an assist from Evans.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh is enjoying perhaps the best postseason performance of his career. He’s set up several big goals, leads all postseason skaters with a plus-minus of plus-14, and is one of his club’s top shot blockers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: McDonagh’s been overshadowed by teammates such as Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Points, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Victor Hedman. Nevertheless, he’s a big reason why the Lightning holds a 3-1 lead in this series over the Canadiens.

ESPN.COM: A league source told Greg Wyshynski there is “zero chance” Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final will be postponed despite Tropical Storm Elsa bearing down on Tampa Bay. That assessment was made based on the forecast, though NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly indicated they have “an amount of flexibility.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, unless the storm’s impact proves far worse than anticipated, it’s game on tonight in Tampa Bay.

WGR 550: University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power is still leaning toward returning to university for one more season before making the jump to the NHL. Power is ranked as this year’s top prospect. He is expected to be selected by the Buffalo Sabres, who hold the first-overall pick.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some teams might prefer a prospect who could be ready to jump to the NHL right away. However, it’s unlikely Power will drop in this year’s draft order. Many highly-touted prospects need another year or two of seasoning before they’re ready for the big time.

THE SEATTLE TIMES: The Kraken yesterday announced the hirings of Kelly McFarland and Jay Leach as assistant coaches. McFarland will oversee the power-play unit and forwards while Leach will be in charge of the defensemen.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils signed goaltender Scott Wedgewood to a one-year, two-way deal worth $825K at the NHL level.

NHL.COM: The Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman Christian Wolanin to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750K at the NHL level.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets yesterday signed center Dominic Toninato to a two-year contract worth $750K at the NHL level. It’s a two-way deal in the first season.

CBS SPORTS: Former Boston Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer signed a one-year contract with KHL team AK Bars Kazan.

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes have hired Alan Hepple as their new director of pro scouting. He’s the former director of amateur scouting with the Colorado Avalanche.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 8, 2021

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 8, 2021

Recaps of Sunday’s action plus the latest on Brandon Carlo, Tom Wilson and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: First-period goals by Anders Lee and Brock Nelson 62 seconds apart powered the New York Islanders to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. It was the Isles’ fifth straight victory and the Sabres’ seventh consecutive loss. Nelson scored twice while Jeff Skinner tallied his first of the season for Buffalo.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Islanders (34 points) hold a two-point lead over the Washington Capitals for first place in the MassMutual East Division.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (NHL Images).

Alex Ovechkin tallied career goal 714 and Ilya Samsonov made 36 saves as the Capitals downed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1. Before the game, Ovechkin weighed in on teammate Tom Wilson’s seven-game suspension for boarding Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, calling it “a kind of joke.” Wilson will not appeal the suspension.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I understand Ovechkin is sticking up for his teammate but I wonder if he’d feel the same way if, say, Brad Marchand (like Wilson, a skilled player with a history of reckless play) hit one of the Capitals in the same way Wilson did to Carlo.

New Jersey Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood turned in a 40-save shutout to blank the Bruins 1-0. Kyle Palmieri tallied the only goal. Speaking of Carlo, he was released from the hospital on Saturday and is listed as week-to-week with a head injury.

The Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a 3-0 deficit to down the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3. Four of their goals came on the power play as they extended their points streak to eight games. Yanni Gourde led the way with two goals and two assists. Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy received a match penalty for a dangerous hit to the head of Lightning blueliner Erik Cernak and could face supplemental discipline. The Hawks also played without rearguard Calvin de Haan, who’s ailing from blocking a shot during Friday’s game between the two clubs.

Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes doubled up the Florida Panthers 4-2. Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle played his 1,000th career NHL game. With the win, the Hurricanes (35 points) are one point behind the first-place Lightning in the Discover Central Division and one point ahead of the Panthers.

A three-point performance by Kasperi Kapanen helped the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 5-1. The Penguins blew the game open with three goals by Kapanen, John Marino and Sidney Crosby within 61 seconds in the second period. Pittsburgh (29 points) moved two points ahead of the Flyers into fourth in the East Division. Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba picked up an assist in his first game since suffering a broken thumb on Feb. 16.

The Nashville Predators nipped the Dallas Stars 4-3 on a shootout goal by Roman Josi. The Stars overcame a 3-0 deficit with three third-period goals to force overtime and the shootout.

A shootout goal by Drake Batherson gave the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, who dropped their second straight game since firing head coach Geoff Ward.


TSN: Edmonton Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto was fined $3, 854.17 for tripping Calgary Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson during Saturday’s game.

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi remains sidelined by an upper-body injury suffered on Jan. 30. He hasn’t practiced in five weeks and there’s no timetable for his return.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers president John Davidson reached out to Barry Beck after the former Rangers captain recently wrote a scathing Facebook post blaming the Rangers, USA Hockey and the NHL for the death of former teammate Mark Pavelich, who passed away last week at age 63.

Beck believes Pavelich’s struggles late in his life were attributable to head trauma suffered during his playing career with the Rangers in the 1980s. He criticized the club and USA Hockey for what he considered their lack of support of Pavelich. He also called the NHL “cowards” for avoiding discussion about the lasting effect of brain and head injuries suffered while playing. Pavelich’s death is still under investigation.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 29, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 29, 2017

Game recaps, Coyotes and Devils swing a trade and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Taylor Hall and Jesper Bratt each netted three points to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. It was the Coyotes 11th straight loss, tying the league record for most consecutive season-opening defeats. Devils forward Marcus Johansson missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. 

Earlier in the day, the two clubs swung a trade, as the Coyotes sent a fifth-round pick in 2018 to the Devils for goaltender Scott Wedgewood.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gotta feel for the Coyotes, who are playing hard and not giving up but can’t buy a win. It’s not as though they’re getting blown out of every game.  Four of their losses came by one goal and four by two goals. This awful start is overshadowing the play of young forward Clayton Keller, who leads the Coyotes and all NHL rookies in goals (eight) and points (12).

With Antti Raanta due to return soon from injury, the addition of Wedgewood could put current backup Louis Domingue’s future in question. Domingue’s struggled to carry the load in Raanta’s absence. 

John Tavares netted a natural hat trick and Jordan Eberle scored twice to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-2 thrashing of the Nashville Predators. 

Philip Danault had a four-point night (two goals, two assists) as the Montreal Canadiens hung on for a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers. 

Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov had their 11-game points streaks come to an end as the Tampa Bay Lightning fell to the Anaheim Ducks 4-1. Rickard Rakell scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf collected three assists for the Ducks, who welcomed back defenseman Sami Vatanen and goalie Ryan Miller from injured reserve. 

One night after being crushed 7-0 by the Vegas Golden Knights, the Colorado Avalanche rebounded with a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had two goals and an assist. 

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice and Alex Ovechkin picked up three assists to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Earlier in the day, Ovechkin was praised for buying clothing for a shirtless homeless man in Edmonton. “It’s something that if you see a guy almost naked out there in that kind of temperature I think every human can do something,” he said.

Jakub Voracek and Brandon Manning each tallied a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. Nazem Kadri tallied both goals for the Leafs, who’ve now dropped three of their last four games. Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere left the game with an upper-body injury . 

Tyler Toffoli’s buzzer-beating goal in overtime gave the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. It was his second goal of the game. 

Logan Couture’s late third-period goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, spoiling Jack Eichel’s 21st birthday. 

Scottie Upshall scored a goal and set up two others as the St. Louis Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1. Jackets winger Cam Atkinson left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury

Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves and Mikko Koivu scored the game winner as the Minnesota Wild nipped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. 

Jimmy Howard made 44 saves and Gustav Nyquist tallied the tying and winning goals as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Florida Panthers 3-2 in a shootout, snapping a six-game winless skid.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Allan Walsh, the agent for Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, took to Twitter to sharply criticize the NHL’s concussion spotter system. Fleury is currently sidelined by a concussion suffered in an Oct. 13 game against Detroit. 

THE PROVINCE: Former Vancouver Canucks goalie Kay Whitmore was ordered by a judge to pay back over $384,000 he received after investing in a Ponzi scheme run by a Vancouver notary. The judge noted Whitmore “was not a party to nor had any knowledge that it was a Ponzi scheme he’d invested in.” 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 30, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 30, 2016

Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews scored his 10th goal of the season against the Edmonton Oilers.

Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews scored his 10th goal of the season against the Edmonton Oilers.

Game recaps, injury notes, potential KHL players turning to NHL & more in your morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2, with young stars Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews putting on a show. McDavid tallied a goal and set up another in a losing effort for the Oilers, while Leafs rookie Matthews netted his 10th of the season. 

Jack Eichel scored a goal and picked up an assist in his first game of the season, returning from injury to help the Buffalo Sabres edge the Ottawa Senators 5-4. Sens forward Mike Hoffman scored a hat trick and setting up another goal. 

Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine each tallied their 13th goals of the season to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Earlier in the day, the Devils announced goaltender Scott Wedgewood (shoulder surgery) will be sidelined for six months. 

Josh Anderson had a three-point night (one goal, two assists) and Scott Hartnell netted a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets trounced the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1. The Lightning also lost forward Ryan Callahan to a lower-body injury

Ryan Johansen and Austin Watson each had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators took a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who continue to play without captain Gabe Landeskog (lower-body injury). 

Sven Baertschi scored twice, including the game winner, as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Minnesota Wild 5-4. 

John Gibson made 39 saves backstopping the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the league-leading Montreal Canadiens. Habs forward Andrew Shaw got ejected from the game in the third period following a penalty-box tantrum.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shaw plays with an edge to his game. While that’s helped him to a degree, it’s also made him his own worst enemy. 

Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin scored in a shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. It was the Panthers first game since firing Gerard Gallant as head coach on Sunday. 

Shayne Gostisbehere’s shootout marker gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. The Bruins had overcome a 2-0 deficit to force overtime and the shootout. They also announced defenseman John-Michael Liles was sidelined by a concussion

Jimmy Vesey’s tie-breaking goal gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Brent Burns’ overtime goal gave the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, who also lost top defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to an upper-body injury. No word yet how long he could be sidelined. 

Anthony Mantha tallied the game winner as the Detroit Red Wings downed the Dallas Stars 3-1. 

THE ATHLETIC:  Milan Michalek regrets waiving his no-trade clause last season accepting a trade from the Ottawa Senators to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Michalek now toils for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. “Looking back now it probably was the wrong decision,” he said, “but I’m only looking forward right now.”

NHLPA.COM: Former NHL forward Travis Moen announced his retirement. In 12 NHL seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars, Moen amassed 136 points in 747 games. He also won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. 

NATIONAL POST: Potential KHL players are starting to snub their home league for the NHL,where the caliber of play is much higher. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ilya Kovalchuck and Alexander Radulov were the only players in their prime to jump to the KHL. Otherwise, it’s a haven for aging players hoping to extend their careers or those not good enough to play in the NHL. It’s a league run mostly by Russian oil oligarchs, and with the price of oil plummeting in recent years, they cannot afford to attract the world’s top talent.